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Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Dec 29, 2019. 2 Replies

This is a piece I wrote in August 2012Somebody showed me a piece of writing about how counselling and Buddhism relate to one another that suggests that counselling is only really appropriate for people who have not yet discovered the true Dharma…Continue

Dharma Based Person Centered Approach

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Jan Wizinowich Dec 19, 2019. 2 Replies

A paper by Gisho Saiko on Dharma Based Person Centered Approach in Japan paper has three sections1)…Continue

ITZI Newsletter November 2019

Started by Susthama Kim. Last reply by Jan Wizinowich Nov 13, 2019. 1 Reply

Please click on ITZI Newsletter November 2019 for the latest news.Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Juline Smit Oct 24, 2019. 12 Replies

There is a good deal of concern these days that psychotherapy should be “evidence based”. This has led to a neglect of, for instance, psychoanalysis. I cannot help thinking that this development is a mistake. When I think of the kind of…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Oct 4, 2019. 5 Replies

SHARING: SOME INITIAL POINTSRecently I was involved in a discussion about “oneness”. Clearly, to some people in the Buddhist world, oneness is a big number. However, it is not always that clear what people mean by this idea and it may be that…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Juline Smit Sep 21, 2019. 3 Replies

When I originally learnt psychotherapy, psychoanalysis was the dominant force and its arch foe was behaviourism. Freud had claimed to offer the first scientific psychology. The behaviourists came along with what they claimed was really scientific.…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Sep 21, 2019. 10 Replies

Thinking about psychotherapy I notice that there is an important distinction to be made about two different viewpoints or perspectives. Similar comments can be made about spiritual practice and, no doubt, some other domains of human knowledge. I…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Juline Smit Aug 26, 2019. 4 Replies

I could have called this ZT Skills, but I don’t like the idea of reducing therapy to a set of skills, as though you could build it up like a set of lego bricks. Rather it is an art. To play music you might need certain abilities with a keyboard or…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Juline Smit Aug 26, 2019. 2 Replies

Buddhist Psychology has what we in the West might call behavioural, cognitive, humanistic and analytical aspects all together in a single system. In other words, it deals with all aspects of the process of internalising experience and turning it…Continue


Started by David Brazier Aug 15, 2019. 0 Replies

In Buddhist psychology, the aim is somewhat different from most Western psychology. The latter aims to make the person self-assertive, self-sufficient, self-esteeming, and even self-entitled. This is expressed in such phrases such as “You deserve…Continue

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Comment by David Brazier on September 12, 2017 at 8:25

Thanks, Mo, this page is developing even as we write.

Comment by Mo Henderson on September 12, 2017 at 8:23
Thank for this invitation David, For me the ITZI conference was an innovative and inspiring experience. This is a great idea to keep contact with all the friends made and to debate, support and follow their work
Warm wishes,


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In 2020 I sent out 108 5 minute podcasts .  These have all been transcribed and the transcriptions have been translated into several European languages.  This series is indexed at Podcast Index

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